In common with others around the world, the members of the Grand Priory of England & Wales have been active in a variety of ways during the current lockdown. Commandery chaplains have arranged on line liturgies; members have acted as NHS Responders; housebound members have offered their services as administrators for local charities; almoners have spoken by phone or Skype to members confined at home during the lockdown. In many areas, links with local hospices and other charities for those affected in one way or another by the wider impact of the pandemic have been strengthened in response to local needs.

Over and above all this local activity, commanderies have continued with their regular charitable activities, both in the UK and overseas, and several larger projects have been undertaken in response to clinical appeals.

The Commandery of Wales has raised funds to provide a second 3-D printer and consumables for a PPE face shield project run by the Cardiff High School PTA. To date 8,100 face shields have been fabricated and distributed to NHS front line staff and care homes. The second phase of the Commandery of Wales PPE appeal helped fund ‘Scrubs for All’. Red Dragon Flagmakers of Swansea have redeployed their flag making skills to fabricate clinical scrubs for doctors, nurses and care home workers. The Commandery has funded the supply of PPE face shields and scrubs for the Nazareth House Care Home in Cardiff. King Offa Commandery has provided similar PPE kit for the Nazareth House Care Home in Northampton.

In London, the Commandery of London & Westminster is supporting an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run 2 care homes in the capital. The funds raised will enable the provision of oxygen concentrators to help support breathing in those with Covid-19 who are in the home and not hospitalized.

The Commandery is also supporting the work of Solidarity Britannia Food Bank. Based in East London, the food bank has been set up to help those who are especially vulnerable at this Time.

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